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Accident Report: Seattle Taxi Accident

In April 2005 J.B. was visiting the state of Washington on vacation. As he was taking a yellow cab through town when it was unexpectedly struck from behind by M.M, who failed to notice the stopped traffic ahead and was unable to stop his vehicle in time. J.B.’s cab was stopped at an intersection behind one other vehicle. The impact from M.M’s vehicle pushed the cab into the rear of the other vehicle, thus causing a second impact. Seattle Police responded to the accident scene and upon investigation cited M.M. for “following too closely”.

This collision involved substantial force and impact, pushing the cab’s bumper into the trunk and crumpling the trunk lid nearly in half. J.B. was a back seat passenger in the cab and obviously felt the brunt of the impact. Upon impact, J.B.’s body was forcefully jolted and tossed around the inside of the vehicle being violently thrown forward between the two front seats. Jeremiah’s head was thrown forward and then snapped backwards in a whip-like motion, bluntly striking against the seat/headrest. This process was repeated a second time when the cab stuck the car ahead.

M.M. was negligent when he failed to slow for traffic, was not attentive while driving his vehicle, and rear-ended our client. As a direct result of M.M’s negligence, J.B. sustained injuries to his neck, back, and associated body structures such as:

• Cervical strain/sprain and subluxations with in tenderness, pain, muscle spasms, and limited range of motion. Whiplash injury with resultant ligamentous instability and acceleration of spinal disc disease.
• Back strain/sprain and subluxations with tenderness, pain, muscle spasms, and limited range of motion (thoracic and lumbar regions) resulting in ligamentous instability, acceleration of spinal disc disease, and radicular symptoms down his leg.
• Headaches
• Sleep disturbances/fatigue

J.B. hired Washington personal injury attorney Chris Davis and the Davis Law Group to handle his insurance claim and settlement negotiations with PEMCO Insurance.

*initials are being used to protect the identity of the parties involved.